Jonnel Doris Director, Office of MWBE
by Benjamin Fang
Sep 12, 2017 | 1716 views | 0 0 comments | 176 176 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Richmond Hill resident Jonnel Doris is passionate about creating opportunity and economic advancement for all New Yorkers.

A Guyana native, Doris came to the country as an immigrant and opened his own small business. Today, he’s the director and senior advisor of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises.

The office, which started a year ago, acts as the coordinator and facilitator of the city’s MWBE program. Doris works to ensure the city fulfills the mayor’s goal of 30 percent of city contracts going to MWBEs.

“To do that, we have to do a whole series of cultural changes,” he said, admitting that the city “historically has not done well” with these types of businesses. “The mayor created this office to address those deficiencies and gaps, and to work with MWBEs themselves, to build them up so they can build the capacity to compete on these projects.”

Doris looks at his work as part of the mayor’s vision to make the city more equitable.

“This is personal to me as well, to see these types of businesses actually succeed,” he said. “At the end of the day, if we all participate, then we all reflect on what the city has to offer.

“That’s why I’m passionate about work, to actually see businesses grow, develop, help their communities and give jobs to community members,” Doris added. “Minority and women-owned businesses tend to have women and minorities working on their jobs.”

He added that he sees a lot of opportunities in Queens, where he lives with his family today.

“If you want to impact communities, the best way to do that is by having good, solid contracts in the hands of those firms,” Doris said. “That’s why I love what I do.”
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